Candles are roughly a $2 billion business, with most sales taking place around the holidays. The industry employs around 7,000 people with more than 400 manufacturers in the U.S. alone.
While candle sales have somewhat plateaued since the early 2000s, it's still a significant portion of the home decor industry.
Most candles take the form of a votive (prayer candle), sticks or pillars. However, some artisan candles come in funky shapes, sizes and price ranges.
A few can gesture to unsuspecting houseguests or owners. These candles can make the peace sign, the OK symbol and even flip the bird. Handcandles, an artisan candle from Lithuania, is a line of candles modeled after the maker's hand, in striking detail.
Handcandles come in a few different varieties, and are available locally at Flying M Coffee House. Handcandles cost $46.95 each.